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The dark side of daylight saving time

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There is one time of year when you are likely to be short on sleep — the annual shift to daylight saving time.

David Wagnerthe Conversation / Salon 

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03.09.2018 | A train hurtled around a corner at 82 mph, eventually coming off the rails and killing four passengers.

Decades earlier, faulty decision-making resulted in the deaths of the seven-person crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

Years before these events, a stuck valve regulating the supply of coolant to a nuclear reactor nearly resulted in the meltdown of a nuclear plant in Pennsylvania. In each of these cases, poor or inadequate sleep was one of the factors that contributed to the failure.

David Wagner is an Associate Professor of Management at the University of Oregon's Lundquist College of Business, and is a graduate of the Management Department at Michigan State University.

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